I am 45 years old and realize I must remain in great physical condition for the rest of my life to avoid further side effects from a health problem that I have.  I had struggled with losing weight in the past, yet,  I became very serious about it 2 years ago.  I found out I have a brain tumor.  My tumor was biopsied.  It is non-cancerous and I was probably born with it or it began growing when I was a young child.  After my tumor was biopsied on January 8, 2007.  I was left with some pain around my left eye that never went away and I got severe headaches that lasted 24 hours or more every time I over-exerted myself or became over-heated. 

I knew I couldn’t live that way the rest of my life.  I knew I had to get my sitution turned-around.  I tried to lose weight with mild to moderate exercise (I couldn’t do any extreme exercise).  The exercise mede me feel much better, but, I wasn’t losing any weight.

During February, 2008, I decided the way I was eating must be what needed to be changed; but, I didn’t think I could eat any less because I have always had a big appetite.  I thought I would be hungry all of the time if I just started consuming fewer calories.

I did a massive amount of research to learn as much as I could about diet and exercise even though I majored in Exercise Physiology when I was in College.  I thought I should already know how to do this, yet, I realized I needed to learn more if I was going to lose weight successfully.

During March 2008.  I completely changed the way I eat.  I didn’t think I would be able to eat this new way before I started my new diet.  I was planning to give-it-a-try just to see what would happen.

Much to my surprise, I was able to eat within these new guidelines most of the time and when I was too hungry, I just had some low calorie snacks like baby carrots or a small portion of pecans, almonds or walnuts to hole-me-over until the next meal.

I had to change my attitude toward eating.  I used to think I needed to eat enough to make sure I wouldn’t get hungry again for another 4 or 5 hours.  Now, I plan to eat only enough to keep the hunger away for about 3 hours.  I don’t worry that I didn’t eat enough.  I know that if I didn’t eat enough, I can always snack a little between the meals.

I eat approximately every 3 hours.  One of the reasons I do that is because eating small frequent meals increases metabolism.  Going long times without eating slows down  metablolism.

I made many other changes to my diet because I now have a broad knowledge of how different types of foods effect the human body.  I also don’t get the monster headaches now that I have lost a considerable percentage of my weight.

My brain surgeon confirmed that if I have less fat around my brain, I would have less blood flowing around my brain and less pressure against my tumor.

I have written 2 books about my experiences and what I have learned because I needed to get back into shape.

They are called:

Dawn Perucca’s Weight Loss Memoirs


Dawn Perucca’s Weight Loss Crash Course

I am about to create an Audio CD called:

Dawn Perucca’s Weight Loss Crash Course

They will be available on my website soon:


Dawn Perucca


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